The Psychological Benefits of Superstitious Rituals in Top Sport

  title={The Psychological Benefits of Superstitious Rituals in Top Sport},
  author={Micha{\'e}la C. Schippers and Paul A.M. Van Lange},
  journal={ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management},
  • M. Schippers, P. V. Lange
  • Published 29 November 2005
  • Psychology
  • ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management
The current research addresses the psychological benefits of superstitious rituals in top sport, examining the circumstances under which top-class sportsmen are especially committed to enacting rituals prior to a game (ritual commitment). Consistent with hypotheses, findings revealed that ritual commitment is greater when (a) uncertainty is high rather than low, and (b) the importance of the game is high rather than low. Complementary analyses revealed that the state of psychological tension… Expand

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